Report on the debate “Next EU Budget: What About Culture and Creative Europe?”

On June 26th, 2018, the ECCD held an event at the European Parliament in Brussels: “Next EU Budget: What About Culture and Creative Europe?”. The event was hosted by Mr WENTA MEP and chaired by Carole TONGUE, Chair of the ECCD. Three speakers were invited: Guy GYPENS, Director of Kaaitheater and initiator of Imagine 2020; Matthieu PHILIBERT, Public Affairs Manager at Impala and Nico SIMON, President of Europa Cinemas. These interventions were followed by the speech of Silvia COSTA MEP.

For more than 20 years, the European Union created funding programmes to support cultural projects with a European added value. In 2014, they have merged into one single programme entirely dedicated to culture: Creative Europe. This programme supports the culture and audiovisual sectors. It funds the production of EU cultural works and helps to ensure their dissemination across the EU. It is also an important tool to promote EU cultural diversity and to strengthen the competitiveness of EU creative and cultural sectors.

With the presentation of the draft Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, the European Commission has outlined new priorities for the EU and what could be the future of this programme. This breakfast aimed at debating the Commission’s proposal and to present different projects that have been supported by Creative Europe.

All project managers stressed that the EU is offering an invaluable help thanks to Creative Europe and that it needs to have a stronger budget for European cultural projects to sustain.

Find below the pictures of the event ((c) PRYZM Photographie / Nicolas LOBET)

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